There was speculation about Kevin Nolan today that he may be relieved of his player/manager position at the club – and it was reported in the Evening Standard that he would essentially be sacked.
Leyton Orient have clarified the situation and Kevin will concentrate on the playing side of his job through the end of the season as he tries to get Leyton Orient promoted.
That makes a lot more sense.
Kevin Nolan when appointed at Orient last January
This is the statement issued by Leyton Orient today:
Following inaccurate reports in the media today, Alessandro Angelieri, the Club’s CEO, has issued the following statement:
“Everyone at the Club is fighting hard to make sure we reach the play-offs this season.
“Whilst that aim remains within reach, we have decided that Kevin should focus entirely on his playing contribution until the end of the season.
“We believe that Kevin will be able to make a bigger impact on the team without the distraction of managerial duties.
“Andy Hessenthaler, who has been assisting Kevin over the past few months, will take charge of the first team in the interim.”
Kevin had won seven and drawn two of his first 14 games as player/manager so he had done quite well.
But in the last four games they have drawn one and lost three and scored only one goal – so that’s Newcastle like form right there – no wonder Orient are concerned.
Seriously though – the move seems very sensible to us.
What do you think?